“Ancient ruins and timeless beauty”
Explore the ancient wonders of Bandelier National Monument, a fascinating archaeological site nestled in the rugged canyons of New Mexico. Marvel at the well-preserved cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, and cave dwellings that tell the story of the Ancestral Pueblo people who once thrived in this region. Hike the scenic trails, climb ladders to explore dwellings carved into the cliffs, and experience the serenity and mystery of this timeless landscape.
Mandatory Shuttle Buses Run May 17 to mid-October 2023. Access to much of Bandelier National Monument including the Frijoles Canyon Visitor Center, Pueblo Loop Trail, and Falls Trail is by shuttle bus only between the hours of 9 AM and 3 PM daily. Outside those hours, visitors may drive directly down into Frijoles Canyon.
We went here last year and it was very fun. You can climb into the caves and loads of neat stuff for kids. The walk was easy but you should pick a cool day to go on this trip.
Another excellent National Park!! I love that you can climb into the cliff dwellings. Make sure you go all the way to the Alcove House - there is a series of ladders that takes you several hundred feet up out of the canyon for a really cool experience. They have been devastated a few times in recent years by flooding so the trail system is not what it used to be. Still worth it!
Loved it! Great hike for all ages, the Alcove house is fun for kids 10+ and a very different type of experience with all those ladders. Really enjoyed hiking the canyon. Will be back
Well worth the visit. Such a beautiful place with many walking trails. Some of the trail heads are hard to find and signing could definitely be better. Dogs are not allowed. But really enjoyed the visit.
Very nice park. So neat to be able to climb in the dwellings. Super nice rangers too.
The main Alcove House is nothing if you've been to mesa verde already but the other cliff dwellings are cool as you can climb up inside them and they are in a volcanic rock formation.
Soo much fun and interesting to see !!
Spectacular location and so cool to be able to climb into caves that were once living spaces for natives...cool glimpse into the past
A really great trip to make if you’re in the Santa Fe area. You have to take a shuttle up there. There’s parking at the visitor center for cars as well as RV/trailers. The visitor center is going to be on the right side main road in town. Shuttle is there every half hour. $25 per vehicle which you pay when you get to the park.
Access to the visitor's center will be a challenge if hauling a camper.
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Bandelier National Monument
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Good for educational opportunities, hiking, and 3 more activities.
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